Survival Secrets of College Students

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Barron's Educational Series, 2007 - Education - 262 pages
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College students will welcome this book's light, conversational approach and its need-to-know advice that could spell the difference between success and failure in their academic and social lives. The authors have integrated practical input from currently enrolled college students across the country in their discussion of virtually every facet of college life. Incoming freshmen, for whom the college experience is entirely new, will find this book required reading--but sophomores, juniors, and seniors will also find good advice about study abroad, money management, choosing a major, and more. For starters, incoming freshmen should know what to bring with them from home and--just as important-- what not to bring. Confusion often runs amok during that first semester, whether on a nearby or a far-from-home campus, and for some students, the situation is further complicated by bouts of homesickness. Here are commonsense tips, lists, and stories for dealing with that problem, as well as advice on coping with troublesome roommates, balancing study, work, and play hours, maintaining a healthful diet, hooking up and hanging out, avoiding excessive alcohol, shunning all contact with illicit drugs, finding the best professors, and handling heavy course loads. Every chapter in this book rings with authenticity and includes direct quotations from students who have already been there, done that, and have come through with flying colors. This must-read title is enhanced with amusing cartoon-style line art.
 

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This was terrible, books on college should at least be exciting so the student will have their attention kept. If I wanted to read a text book, I would have done my homework. When is someone going to write a book on college from a student's perspective, and not from a 65 year-old's mindset.
Waste of time and money.
 

Contents

That LongShort Last Summer at Home
Stuff Youll Worry About 6
More to College than Clothes 16
Computer Gear 22
Orientation Youre New Youre Nervous
Choosing ClassesPerils Perks and Luck 38
The Best Thing About Orientation 45
Missing Your Dog Your Mother Your Room and Your Parents Car 52
Where Is Everyone? 109
Okay Time to Study 117
ProfessorsPretty Important People 124
Best Study Tips 130
Leaming to Love Deadlinesor at Least Pay Attention
Really? Free Time 144
Going GreekNo Thanks 159
Stay Healthy Good Food and Bad Colds 172

Looking for Those New Best Friends 60
How to Spend an Entire Parents Weekend with Your Parents 66
Roommates Friends Foes or Somewhere
Getting to Know You 79
How Not to Drive Each Other Crazy 86
Residence AssistantsAIIPurpose Students 93
Gross Showers Who Left the Toilet Seat Up and Who Peed
Exercise Beyond Climbing One Flight of Stairs 185
Hanging Out Hooking Up and Sometimes Dating 198
DrugsCasual or Otherwise 214
Textbook 227
Choosing a Major or Not 241
Should You Transfer? 254
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Mary Kay Shanley (West Des Moines, IA) has served on state and regional boards of education organizations and was a school board member for 12 years.

Julia Johnson (West Des Moines, IA) is a journalist with two decades of experience writing for newspapers and magazines.

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